Myanmar votes in historic election after 25 years

    Myanmar votes in historic election after 25 years

    Nov 8, Yangon: Voting has opened in Myanmar's general election - the first openly contested polls in 25 years after decades of military rule.

    Around 30 million voters will cast their ballot on Sunday to pick among the 6,065 candidates for the two houses of the national parliament and regional assemblies.

    The ruling Union Solidarity Development Party (USDP), backed by the military, is one of the frontrunners.

    Though Aung San Suu Kyi barred from running for the presidency, her party, National League for Democracy (NLD) is expected to make large gains.

    Large crowds gathered in Yangon as Suu Kyi arrived to cast her vote at a polling station in the Bahan township area of Yangon. However, she did not talk to reporters or make any public statements.

    Sunday's election has been declared by the United Nations as a "watershed moment" in the country's democratic transition, even as it urged the government of President Thein Sein "to ensure that respect for human rights is front and centre" in the run-up to the polls, Al Jazeera reported.

    Clear results are not expected until Monday morning.

    The Oslo Times


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